Think Locally, Act Globally.
We have designed an innovative set of immersive learning experiences at the beginning and end of each residency year to catalyze each class’s learning as they move from one level of training to the next.
- R1: Clinic Immersion and Community Medicine: The first-year curriculum immerses interns in our Family Medicine Center and community partners FQHC Petaluma Health Center and Ceres Community Project. Begin and end your R1 year with a focus on clinical skill building and community medicine, spending time in the garden and kitchen at Ceres Community Project.
- R2: Advanced Clinical Skills and Global Medicine: Expand your skills with leadership training and advocacy work, including a class trip to an underserved community outside our own. Engage in advanced clinical training to set you up for success as you transition to second and third year senior resident duties inside and outside the hospital.
- R3: Leadership and Professional Development: Third years will broaden their expertise as teachers and practice leaders with an ambulatory care chief curriculum that will prepare you to be a superb clinician-leader in any community setting around the world. Residents will have funded support and guidance in both global health opportunities and research projects.
Maximizing the total health of our communities.
Our program engages residents in community health from day one, primarily through longitudinal curricular experiences with our affiliated partner, Petaluma Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) which includes a high performing wellness and prevention-minded community health center, a homeless clinic, school-based clinics, and other safety net programs. All residents see patients at PHC once every 4-6 weeks throughout their entire three years, precepted by our Community Medicine Fellow.Curriculum in community medicine, population health, public health, advocacy for justice in healthcare and other social determinants of health provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to lead sustainable positive community change.
Dedicated community medicine rotations in all 3 years include more opportunity to care for our community’s most vulnerable and participate in leadership training for optimizing community health. Residents see patients at the Jewish Community Free Clinic, Graton Day Labor Center. They also develop community leadership through participation at VOICES, Sonoma Health Action, and more.
Didactic curriculum in community medicine, population health, public health, structural compentancy, health equity, and advocacy for justice in healthcare and other social determinants of health provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to lead sustainable positive community change.
Including a focus on wellness and preventive care for both patients and physicians.
- Access to University of Arizona’s Curriculum in Integrative Medicine (UAZCIM) for Residents with formal didactics and guided online training, with optional 200-hour certificate track.
- Personal and professional development through mentorship, protected time for reflection, and a culture of caring.
- Formal rotation in Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine, with longitudinal training in HeartMath, Food As Medicine, and evidence-based herbs and supplements.
- Many faculty with additional training and board certification in integrative medicine and modalities (acupuncture, herbal medicine, manual medicine/OMT, mind-body techniques).
- Focus on health promotion, preventive health, and lifestyle medicine.
- Regularly scheduled activities through Physician Health & Wellness (movie nights, ski trips, group hikes, sports games) and Live Well Be Well employee wellness program.
Diversity and Inclusion
Leading the nation in equitable care and reduced disparities.
Kaiser Permanente has been committed to providing culturally responsive, prevention-focused healthcare to patients for over 65 years. Our integrated, technologically advanced, outcomes-based clinical care has been applauded by health experts across the nation.
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa serves an increasingly diverse population, whether defined by socioeconomic status, social determinants of health, sexual orientation and gender identity, race, or ethnicity. Nationally, such diversity is usually matched by discrepancies in healthcare outcomes. Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been shown to be a significant exception to this rule, renowned for both culturally respectful care and an innovative model of integrated healthcare delivery which can reduce or even eliminate disparities in healthcare outcomes within a diverse population. Highlights include:
- Health Disparities and Racial Justice Curriculum along with training in culturally competent care
- Latino Health Module offering culturally responsive, bilingual care
- KP Santa Rosa is a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ Care – opportunities for advanced training in transgender medicine
- Opportunities for high quality research around social determinants of health and reducing disparities in health outcomes
- Commitment to the promotion and support of diversity within the residency, attracting residents, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences
Scholarly activity and leadership
Dedicated time, training, and resources.
All residents and faculty are supported to develop their own ideas and passions around advancing the field of Family Medicine and our healthcare system through original research, writing, program development, quality improvement projects, and advocacy. All residents will have time and support to complete their two required scholarly activity projects within their three years of training. Highlights include:
- Full time research project manager and availability of local data analysts to support research
- Kaiser Permanente’s renowned Division of Research is available for programming and biostatistical support for resident projects
- Network of librarians who can help ground your project in the latest research
- Annual “Research Shark Tank” – our fun and collaborative forum for showcasing resident and faculty scholarly projects
- Training and funding available locally and regionally for scholarly activity
- Leadership and advocacy curriculum to prepare residents to graduate not only as outstanding clinicians, but also as outstanding physician leaders
- Training in teaching and clinical leadership through two months of Ambulatory Chief Experience in the third year
Our program is well equipped to ensure that you receive safe, comprehensive training. Residents are trained with a longitudinal telemedicine curriculum to be able to conduct effective telephone and video appointments, as well as to appropriately answer patient questions through the electronic medical record.
During capstone, first-year residents receive a 3-hour training session on telemedicine, as well as a one-hour session regarding answering secure messages from patients. Faculty preceptors proctor first-year residents for each of their secure messages until they demonstrate independence in the safe and effective handling of these messages.
Telephone appointments are built into the residents’ continuity clinic schedules from the beginning of the first year. Some of these telephone visits may be converted to video visits, and office visit slots may also be scheduled by the patient as a video visit if they prefer. Faculty preceptors conduct direct supervision of the resident telephone visits during the first year utilizing split headphones, until the resident demonstrates independence in the safe and effective management of telephone visits.
In addition to a robust telemedicine curriculum, we provide safety training take appropriate safety measures to make sure that you stay well as you provide care to patients.